The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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January 10, 2014

Chilly Rescue

Medina Journal-Register — MIDDLEPORT — Four children, their mother and another woman are safe after their second floor rescue Wednesday morning from a fire in a four-unit apartment building in the village of Middleport.

A total of five adults and eight children were displaced from the building, which was located at 143 Telegraph Road just east of Locust Drive and across the street from the FMC Middleport plant.

Middleport Police said an emergency call was made at about 9:35 a.m. with Middleport Volunteer Fire Co. responding to the scene. Route 31, which is Telegraph Road in Middleport, was shut down at Vernon Street and Hoffman Road in Shelby for about four hours Wednesday.

Middleport Police Chief John J. Swick was over on State Street for the start of school at Royalton-Hartland High School, as he normally is. He was just minutes from the scene, arriving first with Niagara County Sheriff’s Deputy Shannon Rodgers.

Residents reportedly told Swick everyone was out of the building except for a family on the second floor. Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour said the family was trapped in an apartment’s upstairs bedroom.

“When I got there, the people in apartments A and C were out in the parking area,” Swick said. “They informed us no one came out of B, but both (of the tenants in B) vehicles were still there, so they were probably inside.”

The school day for Royalton-Hartland Schools was delayed two hours because of inclement weather. So two of the older kids were about to picked up and bused to Roy-Hart Elementary in Gasport.

Swick kicked in the front door but was met with heavy black smoke. Instead, Swick and Rodgers ran to the back of the building and had the woman open a window in a bedroom. The six were in a bedroom, as instructed by Sheriff’s Office dispatch.

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